Seeing Double: ‘Terminal Velocity’ vs ‘Drop Zone’, 1994’s Dueling Movies About Irresponsible Skydiving
Posted on Monday, June 3rd, 2019 by Rob Hunter
(Welcome to Seeing Double, a series where two strangely similar films released around the same time are put head-to-head. This time, we look skyward for falling objects that are closer than they appear.)
The premise of this column is to take a closer look at those not-so rare instances where two competing film studios raced to theaters with remarkably similar projects. They’re typically high-concept ideas involving volcanic disasters, doomed expeditions to Mars, or terrorist attacks on the White House. Sometimes, though, they’re about bad guys skydiving.
Okay, one time it was about bad guys skydiving, but that still feels like one time too many. The world had already been gifted with Kathryn Bigelow’s Point Break in 1991, and among the many memorable scenes in the film are sequences showing playful criminals enjoying the high of falling through the sky. Paramount and Disney’s Hollywood Pictures, never ones to shy away from a hot trend, immediately got to work developing films about murder, theft, and the perils of skydiving with murderous thieves.
The race was on, and three years later – and released just three months apart – the world was made witness to two high-flying action romps with killer tag lines. “It’s not the drop the kills you…” warns the poster for Terminal Velocity, while Drop Zone‘s points out that “Something dangerous is in the air.” How can you not love the 90s?
Keep reading for a head-to-head look at 1994’s dueling movies about irresponsible skydiving.